LEGAL NEWS ROUNDUP

Courtney Irons, CC’18

In preparation for the upcoming fraud trial against Trump University, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel rejected Donald Trump’s request for a blanket ban on statements Trump made in the course of his presidential campaign. Trump’s lawyers argued that President Trump’s comments during the campaign regarding issues like sexual assaulting women, failing to pay federal income taxes, and using money from his charity foundation to buy a golden statue of himself were irrelevant to the case and unfairly prejudicial. Lawyers for the students argued that the statements were necessary to weigh Trump’s credibility in the fraud trial. The judge declined to issue a general ban on those comments, which included Trump’s statements on the judge himself, whom the President called “biased” because of his Mexican heritage. (Source: Reuters)

Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani declined to rule out the possibility of pressing charges against Hillary Clinton when Donald Trumps takes office. One of Donald Trump’s more controversial campaign promises was to jail Clinton once he became president. Giuliani, a rumored favorite for the Attorney General position, refused to comment on whether or not charges would ever be brought. He stated that although the tradition in politics is to move forward, if the potential evidence was “really bad” a prosecution may be worth the political instability. (Source: CNN)

California voters strengthened the death penalty within the state by rejecting a ballot measure to repeal the death penalty and by passing a ballot measure designed to limit death penalty appeals. The measure that passed, Proposition 66, is designed to expedite the death penalty process by limiting appeals and imposing a strict timeline on judicial proceedings. Critics of the measure argue that it will increase the likelihood of executing innocent people because it would limit the introduction of new evidence. Voters in Nebraska and Oklahoma also reaffirmed their states use of the death penalty. (Source: NPR)